Place 72 – Day 179: Vancouver, BC – Birthday Flower Surprise!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was largely uneventful and slow.

When he got in, he had a call with a few people from his team regarding a problem and how they are thinking of rectifying it.

Once that was sorted, Curtis did some ticket work, a little bit of project work and then he had a long, 1.25 hour meeting.

Just before the meeting, pizza arrived for the whole office. There was 22 boxes! This helped feed Curtis during his meeting, which was a bonus.

After that, Curtis technically didn’t have any lunch break, but he got right back to work.

Curtis setup a laptop and had a few more ticket requests to get done and then he went and had a drink with others in the office.

When Curtis left work, he had to go and pickup some chocolates that the florist didn’t deliver to Kim for her birthday!

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she had a chat with someone she planned a lunch with! Kim has been assigned a new person to have a coffee date with and Kim organised it for Friday forgetting it was her birthday. Instead of it being for a coffee date, it turned into a lunch for Kim’s birthday! Kim invited her whole team and a few others from around the office. That was a great way to start the day!

Kim then ran across to the supermarket with a colleague and grabbed a chocolate croissant for breakfast and tried to get a free coffee from Starbucks for her birthday but that location didn’t accept it!

Kim spent a fair amount of her morning sorting things for the winter party as it is only 4 weeks away! She made a to do list out of her notes, a guide of a timeline of the activities in the evening, sent out an email to a vendor and made a shared folder so other people can see this and add to it.

Kim and the other 8 women went to lunch!

They picked an amazing Thai place just down the road. It was a great meal, Kim had duck in a pa-naeng sauce with coconut rice and it was delicious!

When they got back to the office Kim was greeted by an ENORMOUS bouquet of flowers!

They were about 3x the size of Kim’s head and they were the final present from Curtis. It made Kim well up and she was so thankful!

After everyone ooo’d and aaa’d over the cute note from Curtis, Kim was sat typing away when a few of the girls who came for lunch and another guy from the office came over and started singing happy birthday but they also had a cake for Kim!

Unsurprisingly, this also made Kim well up, so they went to the kitchen and had cake!

After the cake Kim had a quick meeting with her manager to go over a few questions Kim had about the social committee.

After this meeting Kim continued working for all of 5 minutes before a small army walked over with ANOTHER cake all singing happy birthday! So they all had a chat and some cake.

Kim decided to do a little work after all the cake and arranged for some business cards to be sent out via FedEx. She also took 5 minutes to have a quick chat with her parents!

As she was setting up for the weekly drinks she realised that she didnt have one crate of the usual beers so she ran out to get that, luckily before she left she went to take her ID and realised that she left it with Curtis, so she took another person from the office to go in for her.

Kim then sat down and enjoyed a glass of wine while finished her slices of cake from her multiple birthday cakes and chatted with people until Curtis arrived to help carry the flowers and stuff home!

What a brilliant birthday!

Nothing Evening

We got home, relaxed and watched some TV.

Kim showered and whilst she did that, Curtis played some games.

After that, we sat and watched a bunch of funny YouTube videos and then watched the latest NCIS:LA.

This weekend is a busy one, but should be super fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 140: Vancouver, BC – A Kid’s Birthday Party, Cinema & Nando’s!

A Kid’s Birthday Party

We woke up a little later today, but had no plans and it was meant to be raining, so we didn’t care!

We watched some TV for a couple of hours and then Kim got ready to head out. Whilst she was doing that, she was also trying to unblock the shower, which was a fun game! Curtis did some laundry and then Kim was ready to head out.

Kim set off to head to her colleagues kids birthday party! It is possible that Kim will babysit on occasion and this is a great way for the little one to meet Kim again as she came to the summer party.

The party was great fun, it was at a house that is a none profit organisation with a nice play space downstairs and upstairs has 2 lounges and a kitchen. Perfect for parent groups and parties.

The party lasted 2 hours and Kim had a great chat with the hosts family and ate pizza! One of the younger couples she was talking to for the party then offered her a lift to the cinema, so that saved Kim from walking in the rain!

Hustlers

We met at the cinema to have a mini date night!

We got some popcorn and a drink and then headed up to the screen.

There was no assigned seating, so we had to get our seats and were able to get some good ones!

We watched the film Hustlers, which we thought was OK, but nothing outstanding.


Hustlers

Our Rating:- 6.5/10


We left the cinema and went for eye cheeky Nando’s!

Nando’s

We wanted to see how it stacked up here compared to the UK, and it was alright.

The service was bad and the specific restaurant we were in was gross, but the food was alright! Curtis got a chicken leg (medium) with wedges and Kim got a chicken burger with corn on the cob.

Both were pretty good and Kim even said ‘the burger is almost comparable to the UK‘, so it can’t have been all that bad.

We walked back home, watched Vikings and headed to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 135: Vancouver, BC – Galaxy Watch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was filled with project work and meetings. He had a brief moment where there was no meeting, but he then had to join one!

Curtis got a lot of more of his project work sorted as well as some tickets.

During the day, Curtis received the gift he bought for himself.. a Galaxy Watch!

Curtis has been having a great time playing with the watch and loves the look of it!

Curtis walked home (in the rain) and when he got home, he spent far too long playing on his new watch!

Kim’s Day

Kim did have catering to be in early for this morning so she got to work for 8 and the catering was already there! So she got to work setting the other drinks up and collecting the last few snacks.

As she had ordered a cake for her office for this week she also had to order a cake for one of the other offices so Kim spent some of the morning organising that and finalising a few peoples travel plans.

When the catering arrived for lunch Kim got more drinks ready and plated up a nice selection of veggies to go with it all. Once it was all set up Kim popped out to post some letters and exchange one of the things Kim bought for Curtis yesterday.

When she got back, she cleared away the lunch stuff, refreshed some drunks and the coffee and then sat down for some lunch.

After lunch Kim spent most of her afternoon going through invoices that she had not saved since the 3rd of September. On the 4th, she received 14 in a matter of hours so it all went out of the window and she is now just finding the time to claw back at it all. Kim also put some fruit, snacks and more drinks into the meeting room around mid afternoon.

Later in the afternoon, Kim was saving an invoice and noticed that well over half had vanished. Kim then spent some time looking into what might have caused this before asking IT for help. They were eventually able to figure out that they had been deleted, which was great news because that means that they are recoverable and not corrupted and broken files.

As this all happened Kim called the group in the meeting some taxis and waved them on their way. She then took the time to clear up the meeting room!

Tonight’s self training class was amazing. Kim picked up 3 or so moves from.when she trained 2.5 years ago. She is really starting to feel things click into place and come more naturally. Kim has also finally picked a song for the competition in November, so she started some basic dance to that in preparations.

MaCallan

Kim bought Curtis some MaCallan whiskey as he’s been wanting to try it!

We sat and watched TV together for a bit and then Kim went off to exercise.

Kim had a great time and then when she came home, we caught up on our TV shows and had a whiskey!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 134: Vancouver, BC – Happy Birthday To Curtis!

Curtis’ Day

Last night, at the stroke of 00:00, Kim gave Curtis his presents she had bought him!

One was an Amazon Echo Dot which is awesome. That should allow us to do some cool stuff at home and it’s just generally pretty useful!

The second was an alpaca ornament, which is amazing as Curtis LOVES alpacas.

Curtis then got a gift which he knew about, which was a slim wallet so it doesn’t take up so much pocket space. Its perfect!

When Curtis woke up this morning he remembered he gets a free Starbucks coffee for his birthday, so thought about getting it on the way.

Unfortunately, all Starbucks’ were too busy, so he didn’t bother and decided he would get it later on.

As soon as he got to work, he was asked to look at something and then was steadily busy from that point on.

He was able to get a lot done and a lot of it was project work. His team now has a project manager who was assisting Curtis and they’ve been able to get a lot further along now, which is excellent and Curtis feels great about it.

Curtis got a package whilst he was at work! It was two hats he ordered from Syndicate Original which he’s wanted to get for a while. They are great! He also should have another package coming tomorrow…his own birthday present!

Kim’s Day

Kim knew she had external visitors in this morning so she left a little early to make sure she was in for 830ish. Turns out that the visitors weren’t due to arrive until 10-11ish.

So Kim used the time wisely and booked in for a cake that is needed for later in the week and placed a order for pizzas for same day delivery.

Then Kim set up for the meeting by making coffee and grabbing some drinks from the fridge. The fruit then arrived so Kim took some of that to make a little fruit bowl too.

Kim then greeted the visitors and took everything up to the meeting room.

Shortly after this the catering arrived so Kim hid it around differnt fridges and left menacing notes to hungry office people!

Finally Kim then had some time to go through emails and catch up on some other stuff. The pizza arrived a bit before midday so Kim sorted all that before going on to the other catering. She collected more drinks, loaded the cart with all the food and headed upstairs! After she had unpacked she realised she didn’t have spoons so she grabbed those and went back up. Then she realised that some drinks had already run out so she went to top them up!

After this Kim ran out to pick some stuff up for the meeting tomorrow. When she made it back she grabbed some pizza before grabbing a new urn of coffee, a few replacement drinks and went up to the other floor to clear away the food.

When she got back to her desk after having some pizza for lunch Kim organised a hotel for someone visiting next week, which was great as the prices seemed so high!

Kim then took the afternoon snack up to the meeting and gave them a refresher of some other drinks also.

After this Kim spent most of her afternoon picking up emails and she managed to orgnaised 3 peoples business cards too.

Later in the afternoon Kim got the go ahead to clear up in the boardroom so she went and sorted that out before leaving.

Kim stopped at a couple of shops on the way home to pick up some stuff for Curtis!

Best Hockey Game Ever

We had the leftovers of yesterday’s dinner for dinner tonight. It was just as delicious as before, as expected.

We watched a bit of TV and spoke about our day and then we left at 19:30 to head to the ice rink, with more time than last week, just in case.

Curtis’ hockey game was one of, if not THE, best hockey games he has ever played! Not in terms of statistics, but it was very close, competitive and just fun overall. His team played amazing and won 2-1 against a team that was definitely better!

We drove home and just chilled out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 71: Vancouver, BC – Things Needed to Be Done

Hockey Stick

Curtis got up at 09:15 and got ready to walk up the road. He was meeting someone selling a hockey stick and it was only about 5 minutes walk from home.

Curtis got there, paid for the stick and had a little chat with the guy before he walked home.

Once he got back home, Kim was freshly awake and then Curtis made some cereal for breakfast.

We watched a bit of TV and then headed out to get stuff done!

Pharmacy

We went to collect something from the pharmacy but had to wait for about 45 minutes, so we wasted time by getting a coffee, which turned out to be a big mistake!

We went to Whole Foods who had an Allegro coffee shop which we saw does Vietnamese coffee, so we got a large one each.

This was not nice. It actually made us both feel a little sick.

We went back to the drug store and they weren’t ready yet, so we got a few items we needed, such as bodywash, baby wipes & hair wax.

We got the prescription finally and then walked back towards home. On the way, we got a few things from the supermarket.

Important Admin!

We got back and for about 4 hours we got some admin done. We sent money to our Canadian account from New Zealand as we both got big tax refunds there!

As well as that, Kim did some research for her presents for Curtis’ birthday and a few other admin tasks, such as looking for a car to buy and Curtis bought his hockey gear, too!

A very productive day, but not particularly exciting.

We had mushroom pasta for dinner and a side salad.

We watched some more TV and then went to bed. Neither of us have felt very good after the coffee earlier!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 327: Auckland – Kim’s French Birthday

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work a bit earlier than normal today and got prepped for going to visit a client. Curtis had to take and setup a monitor arm, monitor and a Surface Laptop.

The client had to rearrange the time from 10:00 to 10:30, so Curtis left at 10:20 for that.

Curtis got to the client and introduced himself before getting everything ready. He had to fight for 45 minutes with the monitor arm as it came without instructions, so that was fun!

After that, the client wanted to use a different monitor arm, so they used that instead.

Curtis, with the help of the client, attached the monitor and then also setup the surface laptop, including transferring data between the old and new device.

Curtis finished here and went back to the office to drop everything off. After this, he started lunch and drove home.

Both of us;

Kim was home all day, as it is her birthday, and pretty much did nothing, which was perfect!

When Kim got home, Kim made him an omelette for lunch. Lunch went too quick and then Curtis had to go into a skype meeting which lasted for 35 minutes.

After this, Curtis wrote up all of the information from the site visit as well as resolved some other issues for the client.

Curtis had another short meeting and then finished off some work until it hit the end of the work day.

After this, we got ready and went out for dinner. We went to So French, which is somewhere we had been for breakfast before and they have now started to do dinner!

As you may guess, so French is an authentic French restaurant. They do a couple of set taster menus, such as a duck menu and a seafood menu.

We chose the duck menu and we can say it was excellent!

To start, we had a couple of bread rolls, baked today, with truffle butter. These were warm so they were amazing!

Along with this, we got a free glass of French bubbly as the owner knew it was Kim’s birthday!

Our first course was a parfait with egg, some other items and a parmesan emulsion.

After this course, our second course was mushroom ravioli with a black forest broth.

The chefs were working incredibly hard in the kitchen! Its an open kitchen so we could see them making the food the whole time which was amazing.

Our pre-main was confit duck leg with ‘mandarin texture’.

We were very full by this point, but we carried on!

For our main, we had duck breast with a blackberry and beetroot tart!

And finally, for dessert, we had a chocolate souffle with salted caramel ice cream. Kim got a sparkler in hers, too, as it is her birthday!

We had an amazing time and got to speak with the owner a lot who was a wonderful man.

If you’d like to see more about So French in Takapuna, Auckland, click this link to take you to their facebook page.

We waddled back to the car, drove home and that was our night. We ate so much we cannot move!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 326: Auckland – Homemade KFC

Curtis’ Day;

It’s finally finished! Curtis was, finally, able to complete the development work he has been working on for last few days, which was a great feeling.

That being said, Curtis still had a lot of work to do and a few cases had built up over the time he’d been doing the other work.

Along with that, he also helped his new colleague with some work and before he knew it, it was home time.

The traffic on the way home was awful today, but Curtis still got home at a decent time.

Both of us;

Kim got home and neither of us were hungry so we chilled out and s tatted a new TV series. We starting working Bodyguard as we had heard it was a good show. We can’t say we’re disappointed yet!

We finally had some food around 19:00. Kim made KFC style chicken wraps with some kumara fries on the side. These were incredibly flavoursome.

We sat and chatted with Nicola for a while before vacating to the bedroom and watching another episode of Bodyguard.

It’s Kim’s birthday tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale